Helping The Deaf Experience Sound

Transducers being installed in the floor of deaf school in Norway.

Clark Synthesis transducers are best known for adding that fourth dimension – the sense of feeling – to movies, video games, and music.  But that’s not all they can do.  Clark transducers can actually help people with certain types of deafness to hear.

Yes, you read that correctly…

Clark Synthesis transducers are being used to help the deaf experience sound in ways they never thought possible.  How, you might ask?  Well, the answer can get a bit technical, but here’s the basic idea.

Clark transducers reproduce the full range of sound with high-fidelity vibrations that can be felt through the body, which is what we call tactile stimulation.  And tactile stimulation bypasses the typical way people hear sound, which is through their ears.  What this means is that certain hearing impaired individuals will actually experience sound with the use of our transducers.

Tactile sound technology is not yet widely used for this purpose, but it is gaining popularity among some deaf communities.  One church in Brentwood, TN included Clark transducers in their 257 seat Deaf Chapel to activate the floor and provide a tactile experience for worshipers.  Tactile Sound Transducers are also being used in a similar way for students at a deaf school in Norway.

Although our transducers are most popular for their entertainment value in movies, video games, and music (which, if you haven’t experienced it yet, is totally awesome…), they also have the capacity to help those who otherwise couldn’t experience the beauty of sound.

To read more about the Tennessee and Norway projects, click the links below.

Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church

School for the Deaf in Norway

For a more in-depth look at tactile sound, click here.

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One Response to Helping The Deaf Experience Sound

  1. beau b. says:

    Have your underwater speakers been used to help the deaf “hear”?Or used in training to help learn speech.What are the least expensive speakers you have so i can try them with my deaf son?

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